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Soon we will introduce the concept of Trees and the Forest to Geni. This page will help you understand these concepts, where they are used, and what they mean.


Tree

For sake of example, let's say your name is John Smith and are married to Jane Smith. Although we use the term 'Tree' to refer to the visual family tree feature, John Smith's Tree has a very specific meaning.

John Smith's Tree is all of your blood relatives and all of their partners. Each person on Geni has their own Tree. For example, your children's Tree is different than yours because it includes Jane Smith's parents and other blood relatives.

Forest

Your Forest is:

Infinite Forest

Your Infinite Forest is every tree connected to your forest. Alternately, your Infinite Forest is every node on Geni with a path on the tree to your node.

Forest Page

A new Forest page will list each of the Trees in your Forest. This page will tell you the name of each Tree (which is the partner that connects the tree to your tree or Jane's tree), who the tree is connected by marriage to (always your or Jane's blood relative), size of the tree, and give you some actions links:

Other Pages

We have added a 'Select Tree:' menu to many pages on Geni. This allows you to focus your action on one Tree for more accurate and focused behavior. Here are some of the places you will see this control. List - You can now view your various Lists for any of the Trees in your Forest. For example, you can see who has recently joined your brother-in-law's tree, or who has been recently added to your spouse's tree.

Index - You can view the Index of Last Names for a specific tree. This will help you quickly find the last names you are looking for on this page.

Map - In addition to viewing a map of Your Family & Friends, you will be able to see the Map of all of the people in any of the Trees in your Forest.

Awards - Now there are Tree Awards for each Tree in your Forest.

Finally, you can also export a GEDCOM file of any of the Trees in your Forest, and search for a name within a specific Tree.

Privacy

The Forest also gives you an additional layer of privacy for your profile and the profiles you have added. Here are the new privacy rules for the Forest:

  • Your Infinite Forest will remain completely navigable without restriction.
  • The following nodes and profiles will appear and act just as they do now, regardless of where they appear in the infinite forest:
    • Nodes within your Forest
    • Nodes of your Family and Friends
    • Nodes you have added
    • Node of the person who added you to the tree
  • You can choose (opt-in) to make your node, or any node you have added, viewable by anyone. This will mean:
    • Your node will appear as it does now to anyone in your infinite forest
    • When anyone outside of your Forest clicks on your node they will see your public profile
  • All other nodes will:
    • Display First Initial and Last Name only
    • Include 'View Tree', 'Invite to Family', 'Invite to Friends' and 'Send Message' actions (as applicable)
    • Not link to the associated profile
    • Include a visual indication for easy identification (grey node instead of pink of blue)
  • A new privacy setting gives you control over who can add new nodes onto the nodes you manage

We believe that these new privacy enhancements will preserve the infinitely navigable tree, while preserving each user's control over their own privacy.

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